Archive for May, 2014

Cross-Platform Mobile Apps and Agile UX at Jurmala Conference

Friday, May 9th, 2014


We’re currently working on a course, aimed at non-developers, for building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript, JQuery Mobile and Adobe’s PhoneGap Build. It will answer questions such as whether this is the right approach for you and tie together some of the myriad threads you need to pick up to get started and to understand the benefits as well as the drawbacks.

Having done a lot of the groundwork already means we are also in a position to offer mobile app development using the above tools – primarily for Android and iOS (phones and tablets) but also Windows Phone if required. If you’d like to see examples of what we’ve done so far, or of these tools in practical use, just visit the Google Play or Apple App stores and search for ‘syntagm’. Alternatively, see our apps web page at

These are entertainment apps, but of course the principles can be applied to purely commercial requirements as well.


Our two-day Persona-Driven Design workshop plus the half-day Agile UX & UCD course that we’ve just presented at the CHI conference in Toronto both feature in the programme of the second DevConFu conference in Jurmala, Latvia (near the capital, Riga). See for further details and booking (look for sessions by William Hudson). The Persona-Driven Design workshop on 26/27 May precedes the conference which starts on the 28th.  Jurmala is a sea-side resort and hopefully the sea will be a little more welcoming than it was for the first conference in November!

SynCaps V3.1.2 with Participant Matching Feature

Friday, May 9th, 2014

We’ve released SynCaps V3.1.2. It addresses a number of minor bugs but also introduces a new feature to allow participants to be included or excluded from analysis based on their participant ID line (in the raw data file). This means that if you include participant profile information along with the ID (any text is permitted, up to 1000 characters) you can do analyses selectively. A screen shot of the new feature is shown below.

To make use of the new release, uninstall any previous version of SynCaps V3. Then download and install the setup program from

SynCapsV3 with Participant ID Feature

SynCapsV3 with Participant ID Feature